Ep. 24 Recap – Scott Weingold

Scott Weingold is an entrepreneur and partner at the firm, College Planning Network, a company that helps families successfully navigate the college admissions and financial aid planning process so their children can attend the college of their choice − regardless of the cost.

Highlights from this episode include:

*college admissions and financial aid planning process and how families can save thousands using the right resources

*social media and its impacts on us as a society

*the outlook that a majority of Americans have on their work and careers

*motivation behind money and mentalities that rob us of our joy

*Transcendental Meditation (TM)

*Krav Maga

*growing a business and keys to a successful mindset

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Ep. 23 Recap – Ryan Haber

I sat down with my brother, Ryan, to discuss a variety of everyday life topics and issues. Highlights include:

*high school basketball versus LeBron

*Ryan Haber Collection women’s footwear

*how society has changed in terms of college and the unrealistic expectations we put on today’s youth

*our personal experiences and challenges

*social media and the negative ramifications that come with

*mental health and finding happiness

*personal and professional growth and development

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Ep. 18 Recap – Will Hardy

Will Hardy is one of Cleveland’s top up-and-coming personal fitness trainers. What inspired me was his dedication to his six-days-a-week training program! This is a man who eats, breathes and sleeps fitness. He makes sure to be at the gym every morning by 5 or 6 AM. Meaning he is finishing his workout as us mere mortals are beginning to get out of bed…  Now that’s dedication!

I look forward to seeing Will’s continued climb within the fitness industry not only here in Cleveland but on a regional and hopefully national level down the road.

 

Ep. 16 Recap – Mike Hudock

Swim, bike, run!  That about sums up the lifestyle of Mike Hudock, an elite triathlete who makes time to work out twice each day in between medical school classes and studies.  Having begun his triathlete journey six years ago as a freshman in college, Mike has remained disciplined in his training regimen throughout and has barely missed a week, let alone a day in that time frame.

Mike and I had an open conversation about mental health and the many benefits that exercise plays in relieving stress and anxiety.  It is unfathomable to us how anyone can choose to not exercise, especially since we have both achieved so many mental, emotional and physical rewards from it.  So many people find the excuse that they do not have the time to workout.  That’s an illegitimate excuse.

You must make the time if you want something.  Then, in turn, you’ll have the time.

If you are interested in learning more about physical fitness with an emphasis on running, in general, then I suggest you go check out Ep. 16.  I look forward to Mike’s continued ascent in the triathlete and running world.  His next major event will be the Athens Half Marathon in Athens, Ohio, on Sunday, April 15th.  Good luck, Mike!

 

Ep. 4 Recap – Megan Kohler

So you think you can dance?  Then listen to Ep. 4 of The Optimal Life Podcast with Megan Kohler.  Megan went from high school cheerleader to college cheerleader to college dancer to NBA dancer.  A lifelong Clevelander, she knows what it takes to make it at the professional dance level.  She also knows what it takes to stay in shape so that an optimized body translates to an optimized mind.  5 A.M. workouts are not just a novelty – they are part of her everyday routine.

I want to thank Megan again for coming on the show.  She peeled back the curtain to life as an NBA dancer :: providing insight into its intense tryout process, practice schedule, and the mental focus required to handle “audibles” during live NBA games.  She also had a cool story about LeBron and Kobe.

Check her out @missmeganvk on Instagram and be inspired by her intense fitness and nutrition regimen & journey.

Ep. 2 Recap – Alissa Kolarik

So you think you can’t pick up running “late” in life?  Think again.  My conversation with Alissa really blew me away.  She is an outlier in the running community; never having run a single mile until in her late twenties after getting married, having two kids and taking on a full time digital marketing career!  Fast forward two-and-one-half years later and she completed her first marathon (NYC) in November 2017 in 3:23:13.  Sick!

Alissa’s story is one that proves that hard work, dedication and a “can do” mentality will allow you to accomplish whatever it is you set your mind to.  Have to be at work at 8:00 AM?  Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM.  Have kids to take care of?  Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM.  Have a husband (or wife) to spend time with?  Then you get yourself to the gym at 4:00 AM.  Have major surgeries that require you to be out of running for months on end?  Then you get your yourself to consistent rehab and force your will on your medical team to ensure that you are back at it as soon as humanly possible.  These are the types of sacrifices and actions required if you want to be elite.

Thanks again to Alissa for shedding light on her running journey and showing all of us that we, too, can achieve these miraculous feats if we simply dedicate ourselves to an ultimate goal.  I really look forward to seeing what Alissa does in 2018 and beyond (Olympics anyone?).